Ohio school safety proposal includes funds, penalties

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ohio schools would get $17 million in state aid for security upgrades while superintendents failing to submit emergency-management plans would face penalties under a school-safety proposal unveiled yesterday by Gov. John Kasich’s administration.

The Dispatch reported in December that 166 Ohio school buildings were not in compliance with requirements that they have floor plans and emergency plans on file with the state. Even some that met the requirement did little more than put their emergency plan on scrap paper.

Kasich’s plan would hold educators accountable for the plans, which schools must file with local law enforcement and state officials. The plans detail how schools will respond to emergencies such as a gunman entering the building.

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